2021 Winter Walk & Christmas Market

Elen Freeston’s legendary Scottish shortbread cookies, homemade soups, Christmas wreaths and much more, made the St John in the Wilderness annual Christmas Market a resounding success. A huge thanks to the Christmas Market coordinator, Lucy Eldridge, and the many parishioners who donated their talent and time to keep the market running smoothly. With all things at St John in the Wilderness, it takes a village!

2021-2022 Live-Stream Schedule for Sunday Service

We are happy to welcome everyone to our in-person Sunday services. However, if you are not comfortable about meeting indoors, if you are unvaccinated or if you simply can’t make it to our in-person service, we invite you to join us on a live-stream through Facebook when we have an in-person operator.  Our regular in-person iPad live stream operator is unavailable December 25 through April 10. If you are available to stream our Sunday 10am service, please contact Jay Corcoran at [email protected] Join us online in December on the following … Read more

Good causes supported by St John’s

Two hands forming the shape of a heart

Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets Churches in the community donate funds to create holiday baskets for those in need. Christmas Friends Pproviding Christmas gifts for local children, sponsored by ECW Roe-Jan Food Pantry Food and monetary donations to the Roe-Jan Food Pantry, the community food pantry for those in need. United Thank Offering Monetary donations to United Thank Offering, the Episcopal ministry which funds charities worldwide (sponsored by ECW). Episcopal Relief and Development A premiere relief and development organization, an international ministry of the Episcopal Church. WIC (Women, Infants & Children) … Read more

Video streaming from the church now available

An exhibition at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, “Revived in Wood: Greek and Gothic Revival Churches” will run July through October. On 15 August at 2 pm, Dale Peterson will talk on Richard Upjohn, renowned architect of St John in the Wilderness, followed by a tour of the exhibition. What have we missed during the pandemic? Adam Grant says it might be collective effervescence, that feeling of shared euphoria that we sometimes find in church. Emile Durkheim identified the experience in his pioneering study of religious life (1915). Jay Corcoran and Dale Peterson, with technical assistance from Jacob Rieper, have enabled video streaming from the church! Thanks … Read more

Zoom Church has ended

St John in the Wilderness Zoom Worship

We have returned to church and Zoom Church is ended. Our service will be streamed in real time on Facebook Live. Read all the details in Fr John’s invitation. Choir starts up 30 May! Organist Edee Hedrick asks all singers to come at 9 am to review hymns and service music.

Thank you Dale and Louise Peterson

Jim and Patricia Wann have taken over publishing the Voice in the Wilderness, our parish newsletter, from Dale and Louise Peterson. This is a vital part of our church life and we are grateful to them. In the Easter Voice, Fr John leads us in hope for the end of the pandemic as more persons are vaccinated. Also as more White persons wake to the evils of pervasive racism, we can hope for progress in racial justice and reconciliation. He calls on us, this Easter, to be channels of God’s healing. There is a Happy Easter report from Elen Freeston, Senior … Read more

Return to the pews!

Pew and the altar in St John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church in Copake, NY

Internet Church, 9am With expert advice, sanitizer, masks, and distance, we are now meeting in the church. Read Fr John’s invitation. Service may be streamed from YouTube! Edee Hedrick will return to her organ, although it is too soon for singing. Flowers tended by Louise, Lucy, Mibs, Wendy, Dale, Stuart, and all church gardeners have emerged into the light. A wonderful summer of immunity awaits us! Sunday, 18 April, we celebrated Kent and Marilyn Kay, faithful congregants and choristers, who move to Minnesota in April. Longtime church members said goodbye … Read more

Edee returns

Edee Hedrick

Edee Hedrick will return to her organ, although it is too soon for singing. Flowers tended by Louise, Lucy, Mibs, Wendy, Dale, Stuart, and all church gardeners will emerge. Pandemic will ebb and, God willing, our peaceful life resume.

Wanns to take over publishing the newsletter

Jim and Patricia Wann

Jim and Patricia Wann have taken over publishing the Voice in the Wilderness, our parish newsletter, from Dale and Louise Peterson. This is a vital part of our church life and we are grateful to them. In the Easter Voice, Fr John leads us in hope for the end of the pandemic as more persons are vaccinated. Also as more White persons wake to the evils of pervasive racism, we can hope for progress in racial justice and reconciliation. He calls on us, this Easter, to be channels of God’s … Read more

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